© 2018 Cristina Dopazo et al. We aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of low doses of anti-T-lymphocyte globulin (ATG)-based immunosuppression in preserving renal function and preventing liver rejection in liver transplant (LT) recipients with pretransplant renal dysfunction. We designed a prospective single-center cohort study analyzing patients with pre-LT renal dysfunction defined as eGFR<60 mL/min/1.73m 2 , who underwent induction therapy with ATG (ATG group, n=20). This group was compared with a similar retrospective cohort treated with basiliximab (BAS group, n=20). An economic analysis between both induction therapies was also undertaken. In the ATG group, 45% and 50% of patients had recovered their renal function without acute cellular rejection (ACR) episodes at day 7 and 1 month after LT, respectively, versus 40% and 55% of patients in the BAS group (p=1). Renal function improved in both groups over time and no differences between groups were observed regarding one-year eGRF and one-year probability of ACR. Cost per patient of the ATG course was 403 (r: 126-756) versus 2,524 of the basiliximab course (p=0.001). In conclusion, induction with low dose of ATG or basiliximab in patients with pretransplant renal dysfunction is a good strategy for preserving posttransplant renal function; however the use of low-dose ATG resulted in a substantial reduction in drug costs.
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2018|